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Aster Saybrook is a main character in "The Heiresses". She is the beautiful but reckless Saybrook girl who’s never worked a day in her life — and who’s covering up her father’s darkest secret.
Aster is described as being tall with ice-blonde hair and with bags under her large, luminous eyes. She used to have long hair until she was dared to chop it off and her stylist left it with "the front at an exaggerated, crooked angle over her left eye".
She also integrated her grandmother's good bone structure, the high cheekbones and tiny pert nose that Aster had thankfully inherited.
Aster is a spontaneous, adventurous girl who lives the fast, luxurious life. A daredevil rather than a girl seeking attention, she is prone to new plans and not afraid to participate in whimsical, crazy, and maybe dangerous activities. For Aster, every thrill needs to be more thrilling than the last. She's also a troublemaker, leaving her parents to make excuse after excuse all while bankrolling her.
Corinne and Aster were once close as children but drifted apart as adults. Corinne, though jealous of Aster's beauty and freedom, is always disappointed with Aster's poor appearances, such as coming drunk and late, to her planned events and usually ejected her out. What Corinne didn’t know was that Aster had protected her all these years. She’d preserved Corinne’s perfect little view of their family. Oh, there’d been plenty of times when Aster had almost blurted out what she knew, but something inside her had held back, knowing it would shatter her sister even more than it had shattered Aster.
Natasha and Aster were best friends for years, though she always hogged the spotlight and begged her to come to every school play she was in, even once dragging Aster to accompany her to an open-call Broadway audition when they were both fourteen years old. However, when Natasha disinherited herself, she acted as if she didn't need Aster anymore.
Nigel is Aster’s latest fling in the beginning of the book, and the drummer and head songwriter of the British band Lotus Blackbeard. She’d picked him up last week at Gray Lady, and he’d spent every night at her apartment since.
Clarissa is Aster's tall, rail-thin, and brown-haired best friend and maybe frenemy, daughter of a hedge fund billionaire. Aster had met Clarissa at Spence in second grade, yet Clarissa still spoke with an affected British accent. She was always up for getting in trouble—or making trouble.
Growing up, Aster Saybrook was able to get away with the trouble and mischief she caused. Unlike her respectable and mature sister, Aster was a difficult child - she threw her food against the wall well into preschool, bought test answers on the playground, and was praised for getting a B, as if she had to do little more than show up for class to earn it. Her parents always made excuse after excuse for her, and even her father Masen favors her more than Corinne, even taking one of their special trips to Meriweather or the Berkshires while Corinne preferred to spend time with her mother Penelope. However, Penelope never installed the strict rules in Aster like she did with Corinne.
Aster and Corinne were close and children, but they began to drift away as they got older - then she stopped listening to her older sister. Aster dropped out of college after a year and settled into the life of a socialite, with her parents bankrolling her and continuing on making excuses after excuses for her.
is the younger sister of Corrine, and had spent the summer modeling in Europe before gathering at Steven Barnett's funeral.
Five years later, Aster comes to Corinne's wedding dress fitting, drunk, wet, and an hour late, all while reeking of tobacco and booze. This embarrasses Corinne, and an angered Poppy, through a kind and motherly façade, leads her away.
- A list of the Aster experienced includes the time she and her rotating posse piled into a private plane and flew to Ibiza; the time they pooled their cash to buy a Porsche Carrera and drove to someone’s upstate chalet at 2:00 a.m.; the time she stayed in a mansion in Harlem for a week and partied like people in the Jazz Age. Once she flew a friend’s twin-prop plane around his Connecticut airfield on a dare, even though her last lesson had been years ago. She’d water-skied naked on an ice-cold lake in Maine, and mountain-biked down dangerous trails in Sedona.
- Aster actually enjoys poetry made by free-spirited women poets from the 1920s.
- Aster confessed to Poppy that she’d seduced her European history teacher at NYU for a better grade.